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Old 18-09-2014, 11:33 AM
Dr Scoliosis Dr Scoliosis is offline
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Default Re: Artifical Disc BELOW long Scoliosis fusion

Thank you for your question. Degenerative disc disease (DDD) below long spinal fusions can be a significant problem, particularly if the fusion extends to L4. Traditionally, the surgical treatment, after non operative options have been exhausted, is to extend the fusion to the pelvis and/or sacrum.

Lumbar intervertebral disc replacements have been used for localised disc disease for over 10 years. Results are reasonable in the well selected patient. Concerns remain on long term results.

Disc replacement after scoliosis surgery has been reported in Europe in a single case report. Follow up was 1 year. On that basis, it is too early to say that it is successful. Regarding X stop, it is not in common use in Australia and I have no data on its efficacy in DDD after scoliosis surgery.

Dr Scoliosis